Granada hosts faculty development workshop

Central College sent a group of 11 Central College faculty to Granada, Spain this summer to participate in a faculty development workshop focused on language learning and culture.  A variety of academic disciplines were represented at this workshop including faculty from biology, communication, religion, music and history.  This workshop was based on three main goals: helping faculty gain a clearer understanding of their own global interests and competencies, promoting continued language study and creating a broader and stronger base of faculty who are committed to innovative global learning. 

Faculty spent the week and a half living with host families, participating in Spanish courses, going on excursions—including the Morocco Exchange program—and enjoying unique Spanish-specific cultural activities. The faculty experienced many of the same things that students experience during a semester abroad.

Dennis Doyle, professor of communication, says, “I would definitely recommend a faculty development workshop to any colleague. Faculty come back with such a better understanding of what students experience and what issues are involved with personally opening up to a cultural difference.” 

Each faculty member found the workshop to be beneficial for different reasons, but all found that their passion for learning Spanish had been renewed.

“As colleges and universities increasingly emphasize the development of students’ global learning and intercultural competencies, the role of faculty in both teaching and advising roles becomes ever more important,” says Lyn Isaacson, associate dean for global education. “One approach to increasing faculty capacity to support broad global learning goals across multiple disciplines is short-term study abroad programs with an experiential, interdisciplinary focus.” 

Before piloting the Granada workshop, Central sponsored workshops in the Yucatan in January 2012 and 2013, with faculty from Doane College and the College of St. Mary joining Central faculty in 2013.  Central plans to continue working with cooperating institutions interested in future workshops.

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Faculty gather together for a group photo.
Faculty gather together for a group photo.